At its heart, adventure travel is about testing limits—of altitude, temperature and, at times, good sense. Here, some thrill-seeking pros explain the urge to take things to extremes.
Illustration Dave Murray
So, you’re heading to the ends of the earth. The question now: What to bring?
Fjällräven Arktis Parka
Driveway shoveling and dogsledding require clothing of different levels of breathability; this parka has a wax-impregnated shell that can be modified to suit either scenario.
For those times when you want some added traction without having to fumble around with bear trap–size crampons, these slip-on spikes
can fold up into a pocket-ready pouch.
Nikon Monarch 7
Clearly spot the storm you’re chasing with these waterproof, fog-proof binoculars. Thanks to their size, you’ll be sufficiently unencumbered to
run for your life if you should get too close.
Victorinox Swiss Army Alpnach Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition
Named for the Swiss armed forces’ main helicopter base, this timepiece takes its design cues from the cockpit of the AS 532 Cougar helicopter.
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
You know that part in the horror movie when the flashlight goes out and everyone starts screaming? If they’d had a headlamp that powered up via USB or standard AAA batteries, that wouldn’t have
happened. ($60, blackdiamondequipment.com)
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast R Mid GTX
Once upon a time, you were more likely to spot Bigfoot on the trail than a pair of legitimately stylish, stable hiking boots. Not anymore.
Luminox Deep Dive Automatic 1512
They’re not quite the aliens from The Abyss, but the glow-in-the-dark markings on this solid Swiss beauty might just save the day when you find yourself 500 meters underwater.
Olympus TG-2 jHS
With a lens that opens to f2.0, this point-and-shoot dismisses the notion that rugged cameras need to sacrifice sophistication to be shock-, dust-, crush-, freeze- and waterproof (up to 50 feet). ($380, getolympus.com)
Osprey Manta 36 Hydration Pack
Why lug around a brace of water bottles when you can conveniently sip from a tube connected to a hydraulic reservoir in this lightweight ventilated backpack?
Make sure your iPod doesn’t shut down halfway through the Chariots of Fire soundtrack with this pocket-sized solar charger, which is optimized for smartphones and MP3 players.